Judson ISD bond fails; one SCUCISD trustee upset; Comal ISD bond gets mixed response

A tract next to Wortham Oaks Elementary School had been eyed as a site for Judson Independent School District's sixth proposed middle school. It was of many propositions in JISD's bond issue that voters defeated in the Nov. 2 elections. (Courtesy Google Streets)
A tract next to Wortham Oaks Elementary School had been eyed as a site for Judson Independent School District's sixth proposed middle school. It was of many propositions in JISD's bond issue that voters defeated in the Nov. 2 elections. (Courtesy Google Streets)

A tract next to Wortham Oaks Elementary School had been eyed as a site for Judson Independent School District's sixth proposed middle school. It was of many propositions in JISD's bond issue that voters defeated in the Nov. 2 elections. (Courtesy Google Streets)

Judson Independent School District voters rejected all three propositions contained in the district’s $302.5 million bond on Nov. 2.

Also on Election Day, voters in the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District returned one incumbent, ousted a second trustee, and tapped a teacher in a third board race.

Elsewhere, voters in Comal Independent School District approved three of five bond and tax ratification proposals.

In Judson ISD, 54% of voters knocked one proposition that called for one new elementary school and one new middle school in the far northern part of the district. The same Proposition A also would have funded air-conditioning in 16 existing school gymnasiums, and the creation of student makerspace labs at 23 campuses.

Nearly 60% of the voters defeated Proposition B, which supported athletic facility and field improvements at secondary campuses.



Proposition C, which contained districtwide technology upgrades, won approval from only 49% of voters.

Superintendent Jeanette Ball issued a statement, saying JISD was grateful for a voter turnout that was higher than in previous district bond elections.

Ball said despite one year’s worth of pre-bond work performed by district residents, parents, faculty and staff, JISD has work to do to realize the community’s priorities for students and schools.

“We will take this opportunity to begin a series of surveys and community input meetings in the coming months to receive additional feedback and to chart a course for the district based upon the desires of our constituents,” Ball added.

In SCUCISD, Place 4 trustee Edward Finley collected 57% of the vote, fending off a challenge from former Schertz EMS Director Dudley Wait.

Finley thanked voters for awarding him another four-year term in office.

“I think it came down to my time with the school board, my conservative views, and my putting students, teachers and staff first when I make a decision,” Finley said.

Amy Thomas, an office manager who has spent 15 years as a school district parent, volunteer and advocate, foiled Place 5 trustee Gary Inmon’s bid for a sixth consecutive term. This was Thomas’ first campaign for public office. She tallied 64% of the vote.

Inmon, a Clemens High School alumnus, was first elected to the school board in 2000. He had served three terms as board president.

“I want to thank all of those who encouraged and supported me during my campaign,” Thomas said following her win. “I look forward to working with (Superintendent Clark) Ealy and the rest of the board of trustees.”

Educator Belinda Evans totaled 53% of the vote to beat Tony Lehman and win the Place 7 board seat. She replaces outgoing board President Amy Driesbach, who’s departing after a six-year board stint.

Evans’ campaign focused on her educational and community experiences such as leading church groups, and volunteering on boards of non-profit agencies. Evans thanked voters, and said she now looks forward to working with Ealy and fellow trustees to meet the community’s needs.

“Our students need our support to attain academic success that will extend into their college, career and military arenas,” she added.

As of 11 p.m. Nov. 2, two Comal ISD bond propositions supporting athletic facility improvements and stadium expansions were failing. Proposition C was down failing at 44% approval and proposition D was failing with 39% approval.

Proposition B, which would fund $411.2 million in new school construction, land purchases and the acquisition of school buses, was receiving 55% approval.

Proposition E, which backs $34.5 million in districtwide technology upgrades, was receiving 56% approval.

Proposition A, which supports a property tax rate hike to boost teacher and staff pay and fund new teaching positions, was receiving 51% approval.

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